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Russian and Japanese leaders 'decisively condemn' North Korean tests

Russian and Japanese leaders 'decisively condemn' North Korean tests”

Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok today, he urged the global community to solve the North Korea nuclear crisis by "diplomatic means".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the escalating crisis over North Korea's weapons program risks developing into a "global catastrophe" with mass casualties.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date on Sunday, detonating a device that it claimed was a hydrogen bomb created to be carried by a long-range missile capable of reaching mainland United States.

Speaking at an economic forum in Russia's eastern port of Vladivostok, Putin said today he believes the Trump administration is "willing to resolve the situation". Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russian Federation said sanctions against North Korea aren't working and Moscow wants a new United Nations resolution on North Korea to focus more on a political solution.

Putin said there are "many reasonable people in the current administration" who are experienced and who have dealt with similar crises.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have been pushing for stronger sanctions to punish Pyongyang over its nuclear activities, such as denying the country oil supplies. "Whipping up military hysteria - this will lead to no good", he said.

"Sanctions of any kind would now be useless and ineffective", Putin said, adding it leads to a "road to nowhere".

South Korea said earlier in the day it was talking to the United States about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula after signs North Korea might launch more missiles. While North Korea appeared to possess both nuclear warheads and ICBMs, the program appears to be struggling to miniaturize a warhead so that it fits onto an ICBM and has the reach necessary to strike the US mainland.

That rollout was "temporarily" completed Thursday, a spokesman for South Korea's defense ministry said, adding it was necessary to counter increased threats from North Korea.

Opposition to THAAD has been fierce both within South Korea and without.

Russian authorities have explained the boost in trade by a rise of exports to North Korea, primarily oil products. South Korea has claimed that the North is making preparations for another ICBM test.

Haley reinforced Trump's threat on Twitter to cut off trade with nations that do business with North Korea, though many observers say that would be an unlikely step.

"We can not resolve this situation without diplomatic tools, without talks".

"We are also opposed to and condemn the North Korean nuclear development", Yoon Young-chan, senior presidential secretary for public relations for the Blue House, quoted the Russian President as having said.

Moon admitted that inter-Korean economic cooperation efforts had made "no progress" because of the North Korean nuclear issue, despite there having been "much discussion". It had already mounted a huge show of military force on Monday. "The signal they're sending is the same as always: we don't care what you say, we can do this and will continue to do so until you stop threatening us".



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